GIZA: Three explosions at Cairo University killed two and injured nine on Wednesday, according to state news.
Three bombs detonated around the vicinity of the university, and many of the injured were police officers.
Since the start of the school year, the university has witnessed continued student demonstrations, violent clashes with Central Security Forces, and bomb threats.
13:00 – Youm7 reports, after second bomb explodes, that one of the individuals who died was a high ranking police officer. The number of injured has risen to four, according to the Ambulance Authority.
13:02 – A few students have been arrested, reported Youm7.
13:10 – Third bomb explodes in vicinity of Cairo University, two police officers injured.
13:11 – 15 Cairo University students arrested.
13:16 – Third explosion leaves 1 dead and 6 injured, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.
13:22 – Ministry of Interior says third explosion leaves no injuries or deaths.
13:29 – Security working to diffuse fourth bomb around Cairo University, Al-Watan reported.
13:52 – Security forces close off Nahda Square, CBC reported.
14:30 – Helwan University evacuated.
14:48 – Prime minister calls for emergency security meeting joining the justice, defense and interior ministers.
15:10 – Security forces discover two more bombs next to the Faculty of Commerce at Cairo University, according to Al-Watan.
15:20 – Security forces seize car packed with explosives in the vicinity of Cairo University,according to Sky News Arabia.
15:27 – Muslim Brotherhood released a statement condemning the blast, adding the political disputes should not be an excuse for killing and bloodshed.
The group called for immediate and fair investigations to bring the culprits to justice, calling to stop accusations without evidence.
16:31 – Security forces evacuated the Giza Zoo following the blast to comb the zoo in anticipation of the presence of other explosives.
16: 35 – Security forces reopened the leading roads to Nahda Square, after being closed for hours after the blast.
16:44 – The General Secretary of the supreme council of universities Ashraf Hateem condemned the blast, adding there is no intention to suspend study at the universities.
16:46 – The manager of Giza security directorate held a meeting with the directorate’s leaders and officers from the national security to set a plan to identify the culprits of the blast, a security source told Youm7. None of the culprits have been identified yet.
Meanwhile, security finished combing al-Orman garden, close to the incident, using sniffer dogs, while the bomb squad is currently previewing the incident at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.
17:45 – The funeral of chief of detectives of western Giza Tarek el-Mergawy, killed in the Cairo University blast, ended.
18:53 – The security committee headed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ended its meeting. Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said after the meeting that the prime minister will deliver a statement soon.
19:02: Debris caused by the explosion was removed and there is a state calm with less security presence at Cairo University.
19:42: The manger of the explosives department Mohamed Gamal said that the explosives used in Cairo University’s blast are similar to those manufactured by the Al-Qaeda inspired group Ansar Bayt el-Maqdis.
Gamal added in a phone call with MBC Masr that the police used a jamming car to disable communication at the university during the search for other explosives.
20:01 – Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered for immediate investigations. Barakat added in his statement that he is overseeing investigations himself.
Barakat clarified that a delegation from the public prosecution went to the scene and a criminal lab for the preview and that he assigned the national security for investigations.
20:02: The government said that it will announce about new legislations for combating terrorism during its meeting on Thursday.
20:03 – The Soldiers of Egypt group claimed responsibility of the Cairo University bombing in a statement published on its Facebook page.
Updates to follow.
Youm7 reporter Hazem Abdel Samad happened to be at Cairo University when the first explosion occurred, and captured the above video.